Kazakh President at the CICA Summit


New Delhi: The sixth summit of the CICA was opened on Thursday in Astana by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who emphasized that Asia is on the way to rule the 21st century and that the future of the region is based on a strong commitment to foster intercultural communication.

At the ongoing Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Astana, he said: “The prediction that the 21st century will be the century of Asia is now a reality. But the future of Asia itself it depends on our collective will to strengthen dialogue between cultures, traditions and worldviews.”

CICA: A platform to achieve sustainability in international relations

He also said: “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the initiative to convene this conference. During this period, it has become a platform for multilateral cooperation and an international institution of modern diplomacy. A particularly important task what we have is to achieve the sustainability of international relations in the face of unprecedented emerging threats. It is essential to give new impetus to multilateral mechanisms and return to open dialogue”.

Objectives for the next presidency of the CICA

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan outlined his main goals for the upcoming CICA presidency while highlighting global issues such as environmental degradation and climate change.

“First of all, the economic dimension, disruptions in global supply chains force us to review the formation of efficient transit and transport corridors. The environment is increasingly important. Climate change is leading to natural disasters that they became more unpredictable and catastrophic. By 2021, 57 million people in Asia were affected by them,” he said.

Decarbonisation of the economy

The President of Kazakhstan described the decarbonization of the economy as extremely urgent for Asia, “to address this problem, we need investments in unprecedented amounts. In one month, Egypt will host COP27. I propose to hold a high-level conference in 2024 in Astana on environmental issues at CICA.

Tokayev noted that there is a need for a real working mechanism for food security in the CICA space. “Asia produces 2/3 of the world’s agricultural products, but remains vulnerable in this area,” he added.

Collaboration in the interests of promoting peace, security and stability

A multinational platform to foster collaboration in the interest of advancing peace, security and stability in Asia is the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). It is a conference based on the understanding that stability, peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world are closely related.

The Member States, while reiterating their adherence to the Charter of the United Nations, are of the view that discussion and cooperation can help achieve peace and security in Asia, resulting in a single and uninterrupted area of stability where all nations can live in harmony, freedom, and prosperity.

CICA is the largest intergovernmental forum in Asia

With 27 members, or more than half the world’s population, CICA is Asia’s largest regional intergovernmental forum to foster collaboration in support of the advancement of peace, security and stability in the area .

India’s delegation is led by Meenakshi Lekhi at the 6th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. India has supported the objectives of CICA as one of the founding members of the organization, organizing and participating in various CICA activities.

MEA will hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the CICA Summit

According to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs, the minister will also hold several bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the CICA Summit with senior dignitaries and ministers from other participating countries, including Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan and India have cordial relations underpinned by shared culture and history. The MoS visit coincides with India’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations with both nations. The momentum of India’s bilateral relations with these nations would be further strengthened by the visit.

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